Each project will create design solutions for these seven components:
Community, food, shelter, energy, water, waste, and economics.
The Purpose of the Design Project is to:
1. Demonstrate your understanding of how permaculture principles are applied
2. Provide documentation to make the design comprehensible to others.
3. Work cooperatively in a design team
4. Budget your efforts to complete on time

For each system, element, and placement in your design, ask:
•What are your design’s goals?
•What systems and elements support these goals?
•Which permaculture design method (zone, sector, needs & yields, etc.) will help those systems and elements be placed in the most beneficial multi-functional relationships?
•What principles apply to your decisions?

1.Establish site and client
2.Develop goals and themes
3.Assess site and interview clients
4.Prepare base map (or assessment of scope if no site)
5.Determine functions & elements to include
6. Select design methods to use
7. Do conceptual mapping, detailing, documentation
8. Set phasing of installation
9. Evaluate design
10. Practice your group’s presentation

Assignments/Homework for class (not all may apply):
•Set team goals, mission statement
•List functions of site, and elements within site
•Assess positives and challenges, resources and needs of site and client
•Analyze sectors and flow pattern, and assess which flows can be improved, which can’t be changed much
•List needs and resources
•Prioritize, do phase planning

Expected Documentation (Digital or hard copy. Provide copies for the client and the instructor.)
1.Goals and mission statements
2.Site assessments
3.Master plan, including:
a.Base map or, if not a landscape design, diagrams of the sectors and influences affecting the project
b.Zone/sector analysis with flow patterns
c.Structures, roads, paths, etc.
d.Water needs and resources
e.Food and horticultural systems
f.Other systems as needed: energy, shelter, nutrients, etc.
g.Economic flows
h.Rough budget (just enough information to assure us the project is doable)
4.Show how permaculture principles are applied to the design
5.Each team member will research and prepare a detailed report (drawing, lists, model, etc.) of one aspect of the design that interests them or that they wish to learn about (a structure, guild, process, water system, etc.).
6.Show the phases of implementing the design.

During Your Presentation
You’ll have 5 minutes per person for your group’s presentation.
This will be followed by questions from the community, class, and facilitators.
•Introduce your group and project
•Help other team members put displays up while they are presenting to save time
•Clarify each section of presentation; keep audience oriented
•Choose a timekeeper—five minutes goes by fast.
•Don’t read everything in your lists; give an overview/examples
•Tell what is in your design, and more importantly, why is it there?
•Be brilliant, fascinating, and dynamic: entertain us!

Have fun!

Handout developed by Toby Hemenway